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Facebook Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 10:52 AM EDT, Mon August 11, 2014
On Thursday Facebook bowed to privacy concerns by making new users' privacy settings default to "Friends" instead of "Public." The new feature also walks existing users through privacy settings, letting them make changes if they so desire. Read on for more stats about Facebook, which turned 10 in February. On Thursday Facebook bowed to privacy concerns by making new users' privacy settings default to "Friends" instead of "Public." The new feature also walks existing users through privacy settings, letting them make changes if they so desire. Read on for more stats about Facebook, which turned 10 in February.
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(CNN) -- Here's a look at social media giant Facebook.

Facts:
Facebook has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users around the world. The company also estimates that it has about 829 million daily active users. There are approximately 159 million monthly active users in the United States.

It is blocked in North Korea and most of China.

There are more than 7,000 employees at Facebook, and it is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook introduced words such as "friending" to the lexicon.

Timeline:
February 4, 2004 - "The Facebook" is launched by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin at Harvard University.

March 2004 - Students at Stanford, Columbia and Yale universities are allowed to join Harvard students on Facebook.

June 2004 - The company moves to Palo Alto, California.

September 2004 - The Facebook "Wall" is added.

December 2004 - One million users are active on the site.

September 3, 2005 - High school students are allowed to join Facebook.

September 20, 2005 - The company drops "the" from the name and becomes Facebook.

December 2005 - The number of Facebook users reaches six million.

May 2006 - Facebook allows people in work networks to join.

September 5, 2006 - The "News Feed" is introduced on Facebook.

September 26, 2006 - Facebook becomes open to everyone 13 or older.

July 2007 - Former Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss sue Zuckerberg, alleging that he stole the idea for Facebook from them.

October 2007 - Microsoft buys a 1.6% stake in Facebook for $240 million.

January 5, 2008 - ABC News and Facebook co-sponsor a debate between presidential hopefuls.

March 2008 - Facebook hires Sheryl Sandberg to be the company's chief operating officer.

2008 - The Winklevosses settle their suit with Facebook for $65 million.

2009 - Facebook settles a lawsuit with founder Eduardo Saverin out of court.

February 9, 2009 - Facebook introduces the "Like" button.

June 2009 - Facebook becomes the number one social network in the U.S., surpassing MySpace.

October 2010 - The movie "The Social Network, " a fictionalized account of the start of Facebook, is released.

Spring 2011 - People throughout the Middle East and North Africa use social media, such as Facebook, to communicate during the "Arab Spring."

September 2011 - Facebook introduces the Timeline feature.

November 2011 - Facebook settles charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that it engaged in deceptive practices concerning users' privacy.

February 1, 2012 - Facebook files the paperwork for its initial public offering.

April 9, 2012 - Photo sharing site Instagram is purchased for $1 billion.

May 18, 2012 - The initial public offering of Facebook stock takes place.

October 2012 - Facebook reaches one billion users.

June 2013 - Leaker Edward Snowden releases documents on the NSA's Prism program. Snowden claims that the NSA has monitored the users of Facebook and other internet companies. Facebook denies cooperating with the NSA.

February 19, 2014 - Facebook announces that it is purchasing mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion.

March 25, 2014 - Facebook announces that it is purchasing virtual reality company Oculus VR, Inc. for $2 billion.

June 17, 2014 - A study by researchers at Cornell, the University of Southern California San Francisco and Facebook and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reveals that for one week in early 2012, Facebook changed the content mix in the News Feed of approximately 690,000 users. They manipulated the content to gauge the user's emotional response. According to Facebook, the experiment worked. But many users react with anger at what they say is a dangerous social experiment.

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